Herman Oetken, 93, of Norfolk, died Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Countryside Home in Madison.
Services will be held Thursday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Brian Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Emerson. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Home for Funerals in Norfolk.
Herman Oetken was born Aug. 24, 1922 in Emerson, the son of Henry and Mary (Bottger) Oetken. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Emerson High School in 1939. He farmed before starting his career working and owning a filling station. On Dec. 25, 1942 Herman married Mary Ann Pallas in Emerson. They resided in Emerson, Wayne and moved to Norfolk in 2007. When they lived in Emerson, they owned and operated the Sinclair station. While they lived in Wayne, he worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads and a couple service stations. They were very active at the Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and an elder, and the Wayne Food Pantry. They have been members of the First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk since moving to Norfolk. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and bowling. He especially liked to ride his tricycle from two to three miles a day.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Mary Ann, of Norfolk; a daughter, Karen and Larry Koehlmoos, of Norfolk; a son, Bill and Connie Oetken, of Edgewood, Md.; five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren; a sister, Helen Frey, of Pender, one brother, Arthur and Mildred Oetken of Emerson; and one sister-in-law, Helen Oetken, of Madison, S.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Randy Koehlmoos; two sisters, Leona Pullen and Alvena Evans; and one brother, Wayne.
Arrangements are with Home for Funerals in Norfolk.